“An opportunity to enjoy the prairie and rolling hills of the northern Great Plains.”
— Karen Ryberg
Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Drive to the refuge headquarters, 21 miles North of Stanley, North Dakota, along State Highway 8. There is a large entrance sign just off the West side of the highway. A refuge brochure is available at headquarters.
The Prairie Hiking Trail can be found along the auto-tour route. The trail is a two-track grass trail and passes through beautiful grasslands with rolling hills and small ponds and wetlands. The track is easy to follow, and isn't terribly strenuous, which make it a great way to stretch your legs.
Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge is designated as a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Birding Conservancy and the Audubon Society.
Flora & Fauna
Sprague's pipit, Baird's sparrows, marbled godwits, upland sandpipers, willets, blue-winged teal, sharp-tailed grouse, Richardson's ground squirrel, white-tailed deer, moose, and coyotes can all be seen from this route.